James Bland - Portrait Painting Techniques for All Levels (Online Workshop); June 7-9, 2020

Date: June 7-9, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM PST
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylics
Supply List: https://winslowartcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/james-bland-supply-list-.pdf

Model fee included in the price of workshop.

Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an IPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.


A fun, intensive short course of portrait painting appropriate to all skill levels. Less experienced students will enjoy an introduction to portrait painting while more advanced students will be able to focus on particular aspects of technique. The emphasis will be on learning practical skills as well as bringing out intuitive ability. The course will cover three areas:

  • Full demonstration from life in three stages by James. Explanation will be given of each stage, and questions may be taken during the demos. Students will be invited to paint along with this when they feel confident to make a start.
  • Specific, targeted exercises, looking at the abstraction of an image into shape, colour and value.
  • Brief presentations about colour and value, techniques for seeing, and how to stay in control of the materials.


James Bland is a figurative artist who enjoys the surprises and the surrender of control that oil painting uniquely offers. Memory, folklore and dreams are the main subjects of his work and his paintings offer tantalising glimpses of narratives alongside the rigorously-observed depictions of light and form.

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